Discover the west London walks that inspired the young WB Yeats (right), at the centre of a vital artistic and poetic world. From Ravenscourt Park tube station, by way of Upper Mall and Old Chiswick Churchyard to Bedford Park, the leafy 19c artists’ colony where Yeats grew up. With poet, musician and Radio 4 reviewer
In association with Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour.
12 Noon to 2.30pm. Tickets £18 (advance booking only)
What better year than 2012 to bring a favourite ‘London’ poem to read (max. 25 lines) - your own, or by a well-known poet - or simply sit back & enjoy the poems others choose. Plus a personal selection from this year’s special guest,
Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate 1999-2009 (right), who founded the Poetry Archive. Hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat. Plus music and refreshments.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £7.50
A 90-minute show combining archive film from the BFI, photographs, live commentary with actors, and piano accompaniment, recreating the London procession on 22 June 1897 to mark the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. Presented by film historian Luke McKernan, with actors Neil Brand and Liz Fost reading eyewitness accounts of Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and Queen Victoria herself. Sponsored by Chesterton Humberts.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Church. Tickets £12
Join The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler, as he introduces his wonderful new characters Pip & Posy!! This charming pair will delight toddlers and parents alike … and there might even be a personal appearance! Perfect for ages 3-5yrs. Books for sale and signing, plus refreshments. Supported by Waterstones.
10.30am. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £3
The acclaimed director of the award-winning film My Week With Marilyn (right, with star Michelle Williams), and BBC TV’s Cranford and David Copperfield, has had a momentous year. With his wife Elizabeth McGovern, Simon Curtis has been to the Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Cannes, as well as Barack Obama’s star-studded state dinner at the White House. In conversation with the BBC’s Torin Douglas, he reflects on the ups and downs of a director’s career.
Sponsored by Killik & Co.
7.30pm for 8pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.
The winning films in the the second
BPF Shorts competition for 12-18s, judged by Chiswick Oscar-nominee Simon Curtis (entry details:
5.30pm to 7pm. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall. Tickets £1, children 50p
Box Office information from 020 8995 3285 or e-mail: Helen@may.be